April 24, 2014
During our after school program, a mad scientist visited and put on a grand show for the kids. She did stuff with air/wind, fire, and ice. The kids had an absolute blast viewing what they agreed to was definitely some kind of magic. While the majority of what she showed were definitely things that I had seen at some point in my educational career, it was fun to watch the kid’s reactions to each of the experiments and to see their faces of pure awe. It’s no wonder kids are so into science and just as sad that we have almost no time for it in our curriculum. At least that’s what makes these special events and visits so valuable to their education!
Floating ping pong balls
Dried ice reactions
April 23, 2014
A couple weeks ago I had a chance to meet up with a friend who was driving down from Orange County. I didn’t want her to have to do all the driving, so we decided to meet in Carlsbad, which is about 25 minutes north of the most north part of San Diego proper, and we visited the Carlsbad Flower Fields. You can read about this well-known site here, but basically, Carlsbad’s rolling hills are abloom with Giant Tecolote Ranuculus flowers for about six to eight weeks every spring. This year, the fields are open only from March through mid-May, so I am glad I caught them in time!
This picture doesn’t really do it justice, but the flowers really do run the color spectrum of the entire rainbow!
A poinsettia greenhouse — one of the flower fields’ exhibits
One of the displays inside the “Artist Garden” exhibit of the fields. Not pictured here are some of the other exhibits, like the sweet pea maze and “mining” activities for the kids. You can also pay $5 to tour the fields atop an antique tractor wagon.
A delicious and refreshing strawberry lavender shake, made fresh just outside the fields at the Armstrong’s Garden Center right next door.
So what did I think overall? The advertisements and marketing also made the fields seem endless, stretching out over many acres. I didn’t find this to be true, and even at an extremely leisurely pace while strolling and chatting, we were ready to leave after only about an hour or so. A beautiful sight, for sure, but I’m not sure the $12 admission fee was worth it. Apparently there is road behind the fields where you can get a birds’ eye view for free! Maybe I’ll try that next time instead! I will, however, be back for another strawberry shake =)
April 22, 2014
I’ve been to Hole-in-the-Rock a few times before, but never looked around the entirety of Papago Park that much. This past time, I had to go to the bathroom, so while looking for the bathroom, I got a small chance to look around at some of the other stuff that Papago Park offers. I found an interesting rock/plaque thing put in the park by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The mini monument, perhaps you could say, was dedicated to the pioneer spirit of the early settlers. This and the dusty surroundings I was standing in at that moment reminded me (again) how I really do live in the desert! Usually when I’m going about my daily business away from the majority of the cactus and sandy places, I forget how I literally live smack in the middle of the desert! It’s incredibly amazing that people can live in the desert and not have to worry about water!
Mini monument dedication thing
April 21, 2014
For Easter, my church (as many do I’m sure) set up an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Actually, there were several Easter egg hunts happening. Each of the grades had their own event so that it wouldn’t just become a crazy free for all where all the older kids are running around with the little kids at the same time and potentially running them over!
Since I work with the kindergarten class, we set up our Easter egg hunt on the big lawn! This was a first since we usually use the playground areas. It was so fun to watch the kids run around looking for eggs and being so excited! If course, they were lucky because all of the eggs they found were filled with candy and super cute-looking!
Of course, let’s not forget why the kids were hunting for eggs though … Happy Easter … Jesus has risen!
Looking for eggs
Basket of pretty plastic eggs
Plastic rabbit egg … what?!?!?
Sharing the loot
April 20, 2014
Yesterday, I went to a soccer tournament. I love going to soccer tournaments because not only does it remind me of when I used to play soccer (even though I was really bad and always scared of the ball), but it’s a chance to see students outside of their usual school self.
This tournament was a special 3-on-3 tournament meaning the fields were tiny, the goals super short, and there’s no goalie on the field. In this tournament, there were no off-sides, balls were always kicked instead of thrown in from the sidelines, and you essentially had to play two forwards and one back (who also acted as a semi-goalie who couldn’t use his hands). This tournament was also at Phoenix College. I’ve had been to Phoenix College once prior to this soccer tournament, and for a community college, I’m really surprised as to how nice their sports facilities are. They must have a pretty big athletics department. It was neat to see the Phoenix College men’s soccer team act as referees though (even if some of them probably didn’t want to be there all that much and it showed). Ah well, at least the tournament itself was fun to watch!
Welcome to Phoenix College!
Tiny 3-on-3 soccer fields
View of the whole tournament